So the plan for Monday night was to go to the gym… that didn’t happen. Instead we decided to visit our neighborhood park to picnic and take Gracie swinging! Plan B was clearly a much better option don’t you think? We headed to the park to meet our close friend Anthony (aka Uncle Anthony) after work. The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky and after the rain we’ve had the past 2 weeks it was a nice change. I packed up some sandwiches, chips, humus and veggies as soon as we got home and we were out the door and at the park within 30 minutes. I tell you, we must be getting better at impromptu plans with baby because it doesn’t take us 2 hours to get places like it used to. Yay for that!
Grace is a people watcher like her mama so she couldn’t get enough of it. Her little eyes and head darted back and forth the entire time we were picnicking as she tried to take it all in. There was a children’s violin lesson going on behind us, football practice in front of us, kids running everywhere and several BBQ’s. It was the perfect day for a people watcher, that’s for sure.
As we were eating there was a little girl running around our picnic area that looked like a 2 year old version of Grace. It was crazy to think that in the not to distant future we’ll have a toddler to chase around too. I don’t know why, maybe its Gracie’s recent milestones, but I feel like she is growing up way to fast. I imagine that I’ll continue to feel this way for the rest of her life so I better get used to it.
This was Gracie’s first visit to our neighborhood park and it was her first time playing on the swings too! With her neck strength getting better and better every week we were pretty confident that she could handle the swings. The one thing that neither of us thought about was the size of said swing. It’s a lot larger than we remembered and once we put baby girl in the swing, it seemed even BIGGER! We threw a blanket in with her to add some support and proceeded to swing very slowly. She was cautious and curious about what she was in and what we were doing but she seemed to do ok. You’ll hear in the video below that towards the end she started grunting to let us know she was done. ;)
Even though our picnic ran into Gracie’s bedtime she did great. She started rubbing her eyes and wanted to cuddle come 8pm as she always does when it’s sleepy time but there weren’t any tears until we loaded her in the Jeep. As you can see, she then fell fast asleep.
Last week Grace also had a visit from her BFF, Olivia! Sara and Olivia were in town visiting from AZ so we had a play date at our house so that the girls could hang out again. It had been about 3 1/2 months since the babies saw each other and it was amazing to see how much their interactions changed in such a short time. At our last play date they basically slept the entire time. This time they held hands, laughed at one another, played on Gracie’s activity mat and as you can see in the pictured below – they just chilled. ;)
4 down, 10 to go!
1. Take baby girl swimming for the first time
3. Visit the Public Library to get Gracie her very own library card
4. Take Gracie to her first Little Gym class
7. Visit grandma and grandpa’s Senior Center
8. Begin baby sign language lessons
9. Take Gracie to Toddler Time at ¡Explora!
11. Spend an afternoon visiting the Nature Center
12. Take a Gymboree Play & Learn class
13. Complete an art project with Gracie
14. Visit the Botanical Gardens